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Each year, Mental Health Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to learn more about a specific topic that can impact our mental health. In previous years, this has included topics such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.
This year’s theme is body image - how we think and feel about our bodies.
The Mental Health Foundation’s Body Image Report found that almost 1 in 3 of UK adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health.
This Mental Health Awareness Week take action and #BeBodyKind. Try these body image tips to improve your own body image. Embedding these tips into your daily life can help raise awareness of both your own body image concerns, whilst also educating and improving the lives of the people around you.
If your body image is a significant cause of stress, or if you’re being bullied about how your body looks, consider talking to a colleague, friend, manager or healthcare professional. If someone you know is struggling with their mental health, be caring, show understanding and educate others on how they can support that person.
Having access to the right information about a condition, treatment options, or practical suggestions can be invaluable when supporting yourself or others. The mental health charity Mind has lots of free resources available to help you or someone else deal with a mental health issue, doing so in a constructive and healthy way.
Other contributing factors like illness, debt and family problems can also have a serious impact on our mental health and can affect anyone, at any time.
If you or a colleague are currently suffering with a mental health issue, whether related to body image or not, Sodexo Supports Me is here to help you and your family. It is a free service offering confidential information and expert counselling over the phone - it’s a special helpline just for you.
Contact Sodexo Supports Me
0800 072 7072 (UK)
1 800 62 60 37 (Ireland)
If calling on a mobile phone from ROI you will need to call from either 3G, Meteor, O2, Tesco or Vodafone or from a landline phone.
+ 44 141 559 6487 (from abroad)
For more information on Sodexo Supports Me, please click here.
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